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Delft railway station

Delft is the main railway station of the city of Delft, South Holland, Netherlands. It is located on the oldest railway line in the country, between the stations of The Hague Central and Rotterdam Central. Along with a new 2.3 km rail tunnel under the city centre, the current station opened on 28 February 2015.[2] The new building, which integrates the station hall with the city's municipal offices, was designed by Mecanoo, an international architecture firm that originated in Delft. The project also included a rebuilt bus station, tram stops and improved bicycle parking.

Delft
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Building giving access to the underground platform
LocationDelft, Netherlands
Coordinates52°00′24″N 4°21′24″E / 52.00667°N 4.35667°E / 52.00667; 4.35667Coordinates: 52°00′24″N 4°21′24″E / 52.00667°N 4.35667°E / 52.00667; 4.35667
Operated byNederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s)Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Bus stands8
ConnectionsMainline rail interchange HTM Den Haag Tram: 1
Bus transport HTM: N5
Bus transport RET: 40, 174
Bus transport Connexxion: 32, 37, 38, 51, 55, 60, 61, 62, 64, 69
Construction
Bicycle facilitiesFree parking for 8,700 bicycles, of which 5,000 underground[1]
ArchitectFrancine Houben (Mecanoo)
Other information
Station codeDt
History
Opened31 May 1847
Rebuilt1885, 2015
Services
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
NS Intercity 1100
2x/hour; Until April 2017. Transfer to Intercity 11100 to/from Eindhoven at Breda
toward Breda
NS Intercity 1100
2x/hour; From April 2017
toward Eindhoven
Terminus
NS Nachtnet 1400
1x/hour; Nighttrain Intercity service
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 2200
2x/hour
toward Dordrecht
NS Intercity 2400
2x/hour; Not on evenings and Sundays
NS Intercity 2400
2x/hour; Evenings until +/- 10:00pm and Sundays from +/- 10:30am until +/- 10:00pm
NS Sprinter 5000
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward Dordrecht
NS Sprinter 5100
2x/hour
Location
Delft is located in Southwest Randstad
Delft
Delft
Location within Southwest Randstad
Delft is located in Netherlands
Delft
Delft
Delft (Netherlands)

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1885 buildingEdit

 
The 1885 Delft station building (circa 2005)

The initial Delft railway station was located on the Houttuinen, close to the current building. The first train passed through it on 31 May 1847, and three days later the station opened to the public. Because of increasing numbers of passengers and goods transported, a new, larger railway station had to be opened in 1885, just to the south of the original station. Christiaan Posthumus Meyjes, Sr. designed the latter building. This building was used until 2015 when the current building opened. The station building is historically significant, and will be re-purposed with a commercial hospitality function.

Railway zone projectEdit

 
New station opened in 2015

From 1964, the railway through Delft ran on a double track viaduct, created to eliminate level crossings, intending to improve the safety and fluidity of traffic through the city. However, the rail viaduct became unpopular for being visually unattractive, and because the line through Delft is very busy, meaning between 300 and 350 trains passing daily caused major noise pollution. Therefore, a large urban design project was formulated in 1999, designed by Spanish urban planner Joan Busquets, which will see the rail viaduct replaced by two tunnels.

The first phase of this has been completed in February 2015, and sees a first tunnel tube with two rail tracks in operation. In 2015 the decommissioned viaduct was torn down, and a second tunnel tube with two more rail tracks will be constructed underneath the path previously occupied by it. Redevelopment of the freed up space above ground, has not yet been fully planned.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Train Tunnel News - Delft.nl
  2. ^ "Nieuw station Delft open". SpoorzoneDelft. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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